ERIC Number: ED350618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Predicting Performance in Practical Writing: Factors That Influence Success in the Introductory Business Communication Course.
A study attempted to develop and test a questionnaire that could combine various sorts of demographic information to identify strong or weak students and forecast their course performance. The study determined if a significant relationship existed between students' personal and academic profiles and their final course grades in an introductory business communication course. Subjects, all 402 students who completed the introductory business communication course at York College of Pennsylvania between September 1989 and December 1990, completed a survey form and reported their grades in a required two-semester freshman composition sequence. Results indicated that: (1) as the age of the subjects increased, so did the grades earned; (2) part-time students performed better than did full-time students; (3) women's course performance surpassed men's at all levels, both in the composition course and the business communication course; and (4) students' course grades in the business communication course were significantly related to the students' GPA and grades in the composition course. A follow-up sampling confirmed the effectiveness of the questionnaire approach. Enrollment status, GPA, and grades in the composition course were chosen as performance indicators. The questionnaire proved to be a useful predictive tool. Findings suggest that eventual performance in the introductory business communication course can be addressed through a questionnaire rather than only through formal testing. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Practical Writing; York College PA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (23rd, Pittsburgh, PA, March 27-29, 1992).